Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3
The Passion Translation paints us a better picture with verse 3:
He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of his life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.
Deeply rooted by brooks of bliss. Bearing fruit in every season of life. Never dry. Never fainting. Ever blessed. Ever prosperous.
Wow! Now that sounds like the abundant life Jesus died to give us! Is this life possible? Of course, it is! Not only is it possible, but it has been made available to us through the blood of Jesus Christ.
These blessings are one of many blessings that come through meditating on the word of God. The Bible is filled with the blessings and benefits of meditation.
Meditation is simply defined as to utter, speak, muse, imagine, ponder or study.
Sadly, many Christians are wary of meditation because of the practices of new age or other religions concerning mediation. However, biblical meditation is different from the worlds view of meditation. The world and new age movement view meditation as an emptying of the mind. Biblical meditation is the opposite, it is a filling of the mind with the word of God.
To meditate is to reflect on the same thing over and over again, visualize it and let the meaning of it sink deep down into your heart. It is a spiritual practice that’s encouraged throughout Scripture.
A simple analogy can be found in a cup of tea. You are the cup of hot water and word of God is the tea bag. Hearing God’s Word is like one dip of the tea bag into the cup. With one dip, some of the tea’s flavor is absorbed by the water. However, the more we dip the tea bag, the more flavor is absorbed into the water. Continued meditation is like immersing the bag completely and letting it remain deep in the water until all the rich tea flavor has been extracted. The water becomes the tea completely. You can no longer separate the two.
For a tea drinker, the more dips into the water, the more flavor they experience. For the one who meditates, they thrive best who meditate most.
True success is promised to those who meditate on God’s Word, who think deeply on Scripture. The fruit of their meditation is action. They become one with the word as it sinks deeply into them. Then they obey the word they have meditated on. As a result, God prospers their way and they succeed in all they do.
There is a divine connection between success and meditating on God’s word.
God told Joshua, “Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.” (Joshua 1:8, NLT)
God’s path to success in life is to know Him. One way we do that is to read and mediate on His word.
Success is not the only benefit of meditating on God’s word. Another benefit we find is the ability to keep our heart right before God is found in meditation.
Attitudes of Our Heart
The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, NIV).
As we meditate on God’s word, our heart will develop godly thoughts and attitudes. The Bible will give us clear direction on how to live. It will be the mirror that reveals the true condition of our heart.
The Blessing of Wisdom and Insight
Wisdom and insight are produced when we meditate in the word of God daily.
Psalm 119:99 says; I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.
There is supernatural wisdom that comes from meditating on God’s Word. It will strengthen you, guide you and give you insight you would not have otherwise.
Fill Your Mind with God
Philippians 4:8 says; Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.
Meditating on God’s word and His goodness leaves no room for negative thinking.
A Mind at Peace
Isaiah 26:3 reminds us that God keeps us in perfect peace, as our mind is stayed upon Him.
When we mediate daily on His word, keeping our mind constantly on Him, He will keep us in perfect peace. Perfect peace. Regardless of what is going on around you.
Meditation is a powerful tool. A God-given tool. It is not an option for the believer. God commands us to meditate on His word. Therein we find success, peace and wisdom. Therein we find, unceasing fruitfulness.
“All fruitfulness flows directly from intimacy with God.” KP